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The Front Bar

ACMI, AFTRS, Film Victoria and Media Mentors Australia present

Hitting It Out of the Park!


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Tue 27 Apr 2021

6–7pm AEST

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How do you make shows that appeal to a broad audience? Sam Pang, Luke Tunnecliffe, Nicole Minchin and Adam Manovic know all about how to do that – and more.

This month we focus on shows that are ostensibly about sport – but appeal far more broadly than just to sports fans. The panel will draw on their career experiences and skills to share insights into how they make this happen.

Sam Pang will talk about The Front Bar on 7Mate and many other aspects of his varied career, which includes Eurovision, Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever and Have You Been Paying Attention.

Luke Tunnecliffe is Head of Content for Australia’s most prolific sport production companies, JamTV. He was one of the creatives of the extraordinary Making Their Mark documentary series for Prime Amazon, which went behind the scenes of the AFL in one of its most stressful years ever: 2020.

Nicole Minchin will share insights of moving between comedy series like Lowdown and sports docos, including her latest work, The Record, commissioned by Prime Amazon to reveal the story of how Australian women cricketers smashed crowd attendance records while winning the T20 World Cup, also in 2020.

Adam Manovic is Head of Entertainment, Events and Creative, NITV and he’s talking about the importance of sport to NITV and how shows like Over the Black Dot and Yokayi Footy were created to meet that need.

Our guests will also talk about their careers: how they got into the business and how (and why) they stay there. And we’ll talk about how we need to get more people into the industry to keep up with the demands of big productions.

MC will be Denise Eriksen of Media Mentors Australia, a company which helps creatives build careers.

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Nicole Minchin

Nicole Minchin has produced and executive producer credits in film, television comedy, entertainment and documentary and is the recipient of Film Victoria's 'Greg Tepper Award for Outstanding Achievement in Producing' and the Screen Producers' Association ‘Breakthrough Producer of the Year Award’. Nicole has received four nominations and won two Australian Academy of Cinema Television and Arts Awards.

Her producing credits include multi-award winning comedy feature film The Wedding Party, comedy television series Lowdown, Twentysomething, Fancy Boy, This is Littleton and the Agony TV franchise, including Agony Aunts and Agony Uncles. Nicole co-wrote, co-produced and directed the documentary special League of her Own (Seven Network), the documentary feature and 6 part series Heroes (ABC) and documentary series The Record which premiered on Amazon Prime in February 2021.

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Sam Pang

Sam Pang is a radio and TV presenter, comedian and writer. He is a permanent panelist on Channel 10’s hit show Have You Been Paying Attention? and a co-host on Nova100’s Chrissie, Sam and Browny, and Seven Network’s Front Bar.

Previously Sam co-hosted SBS’s Eurovision Song Contest and Santo, Sam and Ed’s Total Football podcast on ABC Radio and iView, Santo, Sam and Ed’s Total Football on Fox Sports and Santo, Sam and Ed’s Sports Fever on Channel 7. He shared his views on life and relationships in Agony Uncles on ABC1, was the co-creator of 10-part comedy series Kane & Disabled and was part of ABC’s nightly coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. His other credits include history-based comedy quiz show ADbc, comedy web series The Match Committee and The Marngrook Footy Show on ABC2.


Luke Tunnecliffe

Luke Tunnecliffe has been a driving force behind the creation and implementation of world class sporting and entertainment content at JAM TV Australia since 2012. Independent production company JAM TV delivers more than 1000 hours of sport and entertainment content every year for major broadcasters. As the Head of Content, his role straddles commercial, logistics and the creative processes.

Luke has overseen the Making Their Mark docu-series on Amazon Prime Video as well as The Recruit and The NRL Rookie reality television formats. In 2018, he headed up JAM’s worldwide Host broadcast of the Invictus Games.

Prior to JAM TV, Luke worked at the Collingwood Football Cub, before moving into broadcast television with the Nine Network where he produced live broadcasts and studio shows covering sports from Olympic and Commonwealth Games to International Cricket, Australian Rules Football and World Swimming Championships. He has also produced the last 18 seasons of Triple M Football’s radio coverage.

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Adam Manovic

Adam Manovic is Head of Entertainment, Events and Creative, NITV.

He was raised on Latji Latji country in Mildura, Victoria, His bloodlines are connected to the Gurang Gurang nation in Central Queensland.

Adam is an accomplished television professional who has worked for NITV for 12 and a half years in total, 8 of them also being with SBS.

Adam is an experienced creative producer, director, television executive and people leader, working with teams on developing and producing Indigenous content across multiple platforms.

The higher profile programs that Adam currently leads as a part of his slate are the weekly AFL program Yokayi Footy, weekly NRL program Over The Black Dot, Going Places with Ernie Dingo, The National NAIDOC Awards, Sunrise Ceremony, and The Koori Knockout.

Adam currently lives in the bayside of Brisbane (Quandamooka Country), with his daughter Rosie (4) son Tully (1) and his partner, Cherry. He loves Star Trek and Professional Wrestling.

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